Partnership with AFD
The partnership between AFD and the Foundation is very recent, but would appear extremely promising in view of the success of the events we have co-organized (Marketplace on Innovative Financial Solutions for Development in March 2010 and Maternal Health and Family Planning Conference in January 2009) and the increasing number of joint studies (diversification of agricultural production with AGRA (African Green Revolution Alliance), establishment of Postal Bank in 15 French-speaking African countries, greenhouse gas emissions and use of pesticides on farms). Although relatively focused on knowledge production, the partnership and regular contacts are likely to take a more operational form.
Presentation of the institution
This Foundation was created in 2000 by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and is very active in the health sector, particularly for issues related to vaccination. It has also set up a global development program to support the agricultural sector and give the most vulnerable populations access to financial services.